“Barely has the tape recorder been switched on be­fore Jean is sim­per­ing in Blake’s di­rec­tion and into his bed”

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without miss­ing a beat: “That’s why I’m quit­ting. I want to go some place where I can be a woman.” A ca­reer and in­de­pen­dence, it seems, are some­thing to be jet­ti­soned at the first sniff of a hus­band.

A closer look at th­ese rep­re­sen­ta­tions re­veals few, if any, women in the me­dia who are mar­ried, let alone those who dare to have chil­dren and a job. The flip­side of the girl who gives in, is the über-bitch, per­son­i­fied by Bar­bara Stan­wyck, who twice played a jour­nal­ist – in Meet John Doe and To Please a Lady. Both films por­tray her as a ruth­less, am­bi­tious schemer, who uses her words to get her job back and de­stroy a man’s ca­reer, re­spec­tively.

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